To develop the workforce of tomorrow, society needs to anticipate what skills will be required in the future. EMC plays an active role as a community partner by collaborating with colleges and universities around the globe to close the growing technology skills gap through our Academic Alliance initiative. This initiative provides information storage, cloud, and Big Data courseware designed to fit a variety of IT-related programs. This enables students to develop highly marketable knowledge relevant to the IT industry’s future needs, and helps ensure that the industry has a strong pipeline of graduates to meet future workforce needs.
Approximately five hundred new universities and colleges joined the EMC Academic Alliance in 2013, increasing total membership to 1,700 organizations. The program’s global footprint grew from 62 to 74 countries. More than 90,000 students took Academic Alliance courses in 2013. In total, the program has reached more than 250,000 students since its launch in 2006.
Curriculum & Tools
Membership in the Academic Alliance provides free access to “open” curriculum-based education, covering topics such as information storage and management (ISM), virtualization, cloud computing, and Big Data analytics. We provide faculty with free training, courseware, and resources developed by EMC subject-matter experts who work with professrs to validate curricula and ensure technical relevance and integration into academic programs.
In 2013, we continued to promote use of the ISM textbook to university faculty. Due to the high quality and relevance of the book, we received the “Best Cooperative Partner” award from Post and Telecom Press, one of the top publishing houses in China.
As part of EMC’s Academic Alliance program, registered students have access to an online portal that includes free eLearning, case studies, videos, podcasts, and white papers. We also encourage students to connect with their global peers and industry experts through Facebook, Twitter, and the EMC Proven Professional online community.
EMC’s Academic Alliance team continually engages with faculty to update and enhance the program. The team encourages feedback through our faculty portal, regular email communications, and interactions with Academic Alliance program managers.
Over the past year, we continued to expand engagement with the global higher-education community through events and seminars, including hosting the fifth annual Academic Alliance Conference in November 2013. Held in Bhopal, India, at Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (RGTU), the four-day event revolved around the themes of IT transformation in information storage, cloud computing, and Big Data. It attracted more than 400 students and faculty members representing 124 institutions. RGTU also conducted a webcast of the conference to over 350,000 students at 225 institutions. The conference featured speakers from around the world including professors, EMC employees, and political officials. EMC was also able to connect RGTU with seven of our international Academic Alliance partners, including universities from Thailand, Russia, and Kazakhstan. These organizations signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with RGTU, committing to future collaborations that include research and internship opportunities. These relationships are the first international collaborations of their kind among multinational Academic Alliance partners.
EMC Localization Internship Program
Created in 2009, the EMC Localization Internship Program (ELI) fosters collaboration between university students and EMC’s Globalization Team, which is responsible for translating EMC product and marketing material into multiple languages worldwide. Through the ELI Program, EMC collaborates with local schools and universities to disseminate knowledge and terminology around emerging IT technologies. By providing tailored training modules that integrate into the school’s existing curricula, we are helping to close the gap between theoretical teaching and business needs. Engineering and localization students gain experience by working in real-world conditions through hands-on exercises and cross-cultural teamwork. Students are further engaged through their participation in the ELI Community, the program’s social platform and portal for accessing training and documentation. The ELI Program allows participants to learn about the latest technology trends in the localization industry such as machine translation, terminology management, and translation management systems.